KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have found more than 60 guns at the home of an Ohio man who fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend as well as a new police chief who was a native of Washington Court House.
The Newark Advocate reports the guns were found at 43-year-old Thomas Hartless’ home just hours after he killed Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, nurse Marlina Medrano and nurse’s aide Cindy Krantz at a nursing home before killing himself.
Funerals are scheduled Friday for Medrano and Saturday for DiSario. A memorial service was held Wednesday for Krantz.
The slain police chief, Steven Eric Disario, a 1997 Washington High School graduate, had headed the Kirkersville Police Department for only about three weeks, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said. Disario was shot on a street near the Pine Kirk Care Center, and the two employees and the gunman were found dead inside, Thorp said.
Disario, 36, was a father of six children, with a seventh on the way, the sheriff said.
Thorp called it a hard day for all.
“We’ve lost a police officer. It’s just a tragic event,” he said. “I guess the only peace of mind is that the threat is over.”
By early afternoon, flowers and flags appeared in an impromptu memorial outside the village police hall.
Disario was responding to a report of a man with a gun, and his last radio communication said he had the man in sight, Thorp said.
Responding officers found Disario on the street and then investigated a report of a gunman at the nursing home, Thorp said.
Some nursing home residents barricaded themselves during the shooting, but none of them was injured, he said.
The shooting closed down the main street in the village, which was flooded with police officers from several surrounding agencies and with ambulances. The village of about 500 residents is roughly 25 miles east of Columbus.
“This is a really small town, and everybody knows everybody,” Kirkersville resident Debbie Messer told the Columbus Dispatch. “These things don’t happen here.”
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into what happened.